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Browned Butter-Glazed Macadamia Moons

Yield: about 48 cookies
Prep 50 mins Bake 350°F 10 mins  per batch Cook 6 mins to 9 mins
Browned Butter-Glazed Macadamia Moons
Ingredients
  • 1  cup  butter, softened
  • 2/3  cup  granulated sugar
  • 3/4  teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 1/2  teaspoon  vanilla
  • 2 1/4  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1  cup  finely chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1/4  cup  butter
  • 2  cups  powdered sugar
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 2 - 3  tablespoons  milk
  • 1/2  cup  finely chopped macadamia nuts
  •  Freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl beat the 1 cup butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, the 3/4 teaspoon ginger, and the vanilla. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in remaining flour and the 1 cup nuts.

2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. To shape moons, roll each ball into a short log with tapered ends. Curve slightly into a crescent shape and place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake in for 10 to 11 minutes or until set but not browned. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool.

3. For browned butter, in a small heavy saucepan heat the 1/4 cup butter over medium heat until melted. Cook, stirring constantly, for 6 to 9 minutes or until butter bubbles, turns golden, and becomes fragrant. Cool slightly.

4. For glaze, in a small bowl combine browned butter, powdered sugar, and the 1/4 teaspoon ginger. Stir in enough of the milk to make a glaze of spreading consistency.

5. Spread glaze over cooled cookies. Sprinkle immediately with the 1/2 cup nuts and, if desired, nutmeg.

From the Test KitchenTo Store:
  • Layer unglazed cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, prepare glaze as directed in Step 4. Thaw cookies, if frozen; glaze cookies as directed in Step 5.
Nutrition Facts (Browned Butter-Glazed Macadamia Moons)
  • cal. (kcal) 125,
  • Fat, total (g) 8,
  • chol. (mg) 13,
  • sat. fat (g) 4,
  • carb. (g) 13,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 4,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 8,
  • pro. (g) 1,
  • vit. A (IU) 146,
  • vit. C (mg) 0,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 0,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 12,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 43,
  • Potassium (mg) 25,
  • calcium (mg) 10,
  • iron (mg) 0,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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